4 Ideas That Will Help Content Creators Overcome Imposter Syndrome

By Greg Audino

As the amount of content creators continues to grow, so too does the risk for imposter syndrome. More competitors with more ideas means more people to compare ourselves to, and more opportunities to see how we’re coming up short.

Let’s look at four ways to shift our thinking about imposter syndrome, so that we can better manage it and keep creating in the long run!

  1. There’s Always Somebody You Can Teach

Instead of focusing on those who you can’t help, reframe your thinking to focus on those you can help. Even if you don’t have the tools to help the masses, you likely have the tools to help somebody.

You’re allowed to feel anxious over this, but when you let your anxiety about not being able to help more people prevent you from helping the ones that you can, you’re missing chances to give back and get better.

Don’t be afraid to be honest about this with your followers, either. Being upfront about the ways that you can and are trying to improve is great for building trust and calming your nerves.

  1. You’re Still New

Content creation is a new business, and most experienced creators are still young and just at the beginning of their working lives.

Whatever your niche is, remember that it’s natural to feel nervous at the beginning, because there is still so much growing to do! This feeling is a sign of humility and willingness to learn, which are great things.

  1. Don’t “Fake it Until You Make it”

When we try to fake it until we make it, we are telling ourselves that we aren’t enough right now. There shouldn’t be a destination we’re trying to get to as creators. Why? Because any top performer gets to where they are because they’re always learning and making adjustments.

There is no shame in changing paths, but to succeed at the highest level, you want to be able to say, “I’m proud of where I am right now, but I still want to improve.”

  1. Is it Really Imposter Syndrome?

If you’re finding it difficult to apply the previous three ideas, ask yourself if you might suffer from general feelings of inadequacy instead of imposter syndrome in particular. Some helpful questions might be:

Am I dissatisfied with other big parts of my life?
Am I constantly defending myself?
Do I often tell lies to protect myself?
Do I allow myself to listen and learn when arguing with people, or do I always have to be right?

If you answered “yes” to several of these questions, then you may want to talk with a counselor about how to better understand these feelings and work with them.

Pivot Your Thinking To Beat Imposter Syndrome

Just like anything else, imposter syndrome comes with good and bad. We all have a negativity bias that makes it easier to focus on the downsides, but we can choose to challenge that.

If you’re not making the effort to pay just as much attention to the people you have helped, the skills you have learned, and the ways you’re excited to improve, you’re not giving yourself a fair chance to be satisfied with your work.

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